The "City of
Lakes" is perhaps one of the most romantic and beautiful cities of
India and it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, blue
lakes, temples surrounded by hills and mountains. The marvellous architecture of
its palaces is spell bounding.
Founded in 1599 by
Maharaja Udai Singh, the house of Mewar is surrounded by the Aravali mountain
ranges. Situated on the edge of three lakes, its narrow streets lined with shops
and craftsmen's ateliers encourage hours of window-shopping for tourists.
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airport is 21 km from the city centre. Udaipur is well connected by Indian
Airlines and Jet Airways with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Aurangabad.
Udaipur is on the
Western Railway metre gauge network and connected by train with Delhi, Jaipur,
Ajmer, Chittaurgarh, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The railway station is 4 km
from the city centre.
connected by good roads to Agra, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mount Abu and
important road distances from Udaipur
Pichola, Derives its name from Pichali village, is surrounded by
hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. There are two island
palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. The first, summer residence of the princes of
Mewar, has been converted into a hotel. Jag Mandir is built of red sandstone
with a marble dome.
Palace, The largest palace complex of Rajathan,304 metres in
height and 244 metres in length was started by Udai Singh and subsequently built
upon by later rulers. The main part of the palace is now preserved as the
City Palace Museum with a large and varied collection of artefacts.
On the outskirts of Udaipur, Shilpgram is a crafts and performing arts
centre and houses craftsmen from different states who display their crafts and
products for visitors' benefit. It serves as an excellent venue for tourists
looking for memento.
Dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, the temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh I.
(Farden of the maids of Honour) This small ornamental garden was
a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and
hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four
delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
Memorial, The monument is a homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful
steed. There is also a Japanese Rock Garden in the vicinity.
Lok Kala Mandal, A museum of folk art. Puppeteers regularly put up
A beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the
Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of
the lake is Nehru Park - lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe accessible
by an enjoyable boat ride.
Built in the early 18th century, Nathdwara, 48 km from Udaipur, has a simple
shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is the most celebrated of the
Vaishnava shrines of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna. Thousands of pilgrims come to
the temple daily. Cloth paintings, known as pichwais, of Nathdwara are
famous and it is possible to see artists working painstakingly on these
intricate pieces of art.
For adventure-seekers, nature-lovers and bird-watchers, Deogarh is the ideal
holiday spot. The palace here is a fascinating place for those wanting to delve
into the history of the state. A three-hour drive (135 km) from Udaipur. Deogarh
Mahal is a 16th century palace. The imaginatively restored palace is an
excellent example of this genre of hoteliering.
26 km from Udaipur. Chiselled out of sandstone and marble, a complex of 108
temples enclosed by high walls, it was built in 734 AD. The temple is devoted to
the family deity of the rulers of Mewar.
Fort, a two-hour-drive from Udaipur, is famous for its 15th century
fort and game sanctuary. Approachable by road, the huge stone bastion stands
atop a hill and allows access through spiked gates. The fort wall covers miles
over the hillside and a walk on it can be invigorating. Another refreshing walk
is through the sanctuary. Alternatively, you can take a jeep or horse safari.
There is crocodile farm in the sanctuary and a forest rest house.
48 km from Kumbhalgarh and 90 km from Udaipur are the Ranakpur temples. The
cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble come across as a
marvellous feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that
they were built in 1460, so well preserved and sparkling is the marble. The main
temple is supported on 1,444 pillars - none of which are similarly carved. Four
main domes, again beautifully carved, look down upon you. The Jain temples house
statues of Mahavira and other Jain saints.
18 km from Ranakpur, houses the castle where Meera Bai (worshipper of Lord
Krishna) spent her childhood. Within the red sandstone walls of Royal Castle
Ghanerao, built in the 15th century, is a temple with the idol she worshipped. A
part of the castle has been turned into a hotel, another part is used by the
present generation of the royal family. Kumbhalgarh sanctuary extends to the
periphery of Ghanerao village. Several lakes surround the village. The castle
can also be your base for a horse safari in the region.
(23 km) The ancient site dating back to the 6th century A.D. is
renowned for the Sas-Bahu temples (9th - 10th century A.D.) with
interesting architecture and carvings. The splendid Jain temples
of Adbudji are also worth a visit.
(40 km) A historical site, witness to the great battle fought
between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1576
A.D. The 'Chhatri' of Maharana's horse-Chetak is
(March-April) The festival is the ceremonial welcome to spring
and is dedicated to goddess Parvati. A procession of colourfully
attired women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur
Ghat of the Lake Pichhola is the major highlight. Songs, dances
and firework displays mark the festivities.
(March-April) The festival is popular among women who pray to
the goddess Parvati. A procession of caparisoned horses and
elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva is the major
(July-August) In the festival celebrating the advent of monsoon.
has countless shops and many interesting local crafts that make
it a one-of-its-kind shopping experience. A plethora of items
like folk toys, colourful tie-and dye-sarees and clothes,
turbans, hand painted fabric, silver jewellery, wall hangings
and miniature paintings in Rajput style are the favourite buys.
The beautiful images of gods and goddesses made in the nearby
Mollela village near Nathdwara are not to be missed. The
shopping spots include a cluster of stalls on the Lake Palace
road next to the Rang Niwas Palace Hotel and others around the
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